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The wonder of Retinol

Posted on: December 20th, 2021

If you have heard that retinol can reverse the signs of ageing, it is true in the right formulation and strength.

Retinol is a type of Retinoid, derived from vitamin A.

It can stimulate the growth of new skin cells which can lead to better structure of the epidermis and ultimately the dermis by enhanced collagen.

The skin cell stimulation can reveal a fresher, brighter and smoother complexion.

Retinol can reduce;

  • fine lines and wrinkles Scars Mark’s on the skin and Pore size. Skin discolouration and pigmentation
  • Retinol can improve the appearance of an uneven skin tone resulting in more even toned, brighter and healthier looking skin.

How does Retinol work?

Retinol speeds up the natural skin cell turnover. This process usually takes around 4-6 weeks.

Dull and more pigmented skin cells may respond and renew more quickly. New cells are bought to the surface thus creating a smoother and even skin tone.

What retinol formulations are available?

I often recommend the AllSkin Med retinols as they give great skin benefits and results at an affordable price.

The principal role of retinol is skin cell production and activity which, in turn, leads to better structure of the epidermis, and ultimately the dermis with enhanced collagen. When you add to that activity extra hydration with hyaluronic acid and anti-oxidant protection from vitamin E, you have an intense, highly effective regeneration serum.

ALLSKIN | MED combines two types of retinoids – one with immediate action, and one with delayed delivery via micro-sponges. This ensures fantastic results without any irritation.

ALLSKIN MED have just launched a retinol booster kit, https://www.carlypearce.co.uk/product/allskinmed-retinol-booster-kit/

This trio of products includes the Skin renewal transition cream, Extreme skin renewal gel and newly launched Heliocare Age active fluid designed with soft focus complex to create a soft focus by diffusing the light and creating an even tone to the skin. It is equipped with a triple anti ageing complex. This retinol regime comes with advice on how to introduce this new regime into your protocol without irritation and great results.

If you would like to order, you can use this free delivery code: FREEPOST21

For the Obagi fans, I recommend the Obagi Retinol which also includes hydrating Jojoba Oil and Shea butter to ensure your skin is well hydrated and soothed and allows the contained retinol to be gradually released to minimise potential irritation.

PCA Skin offers a great range of retinol products that can be tailored to your specific needs. PCA is the brand of chemical peel treatments I offer in clinic.

Their retinol brands include;

Intensive Brightening Treatment

The intensive brightening serum, this can target skin discolouration and create a more even complexion. The increase in cell turnover brightens the skin tone for a luminous, healthy glow. The skin texture and overall skin tone is improved. This unique pairing of retinol and resveratrol creates increased brilliance and antioxidant support.

Intensive Age Refining Treatment®

This stabilised retinol can strengthen skin with minimal irritation. It can target age related skin yellowing and redness. It can minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and create visibly firmer skin. This advanced hydration system with soothing ingredients provides supreme long lasting hydration and offer great support to ageing skin.

Retinol Treatment for Sensitive Skin

Retinol is converted into retinoic acid in the skin, this then increases cell turnover and improve skin function, tone and texture. Skin irritation is minimised with proper encapsulation. Studies have shown to be supportive as an adjunct therapy for the improvement of rosacea symptoms. The product formulation has ingredients to reduce redness, inflammation and help soothe the skin.

Intensive Clarity Treatment®

By reducing the buildup of dead skin cells that clog up pores, this can lead to a reduction in breakouts. Fighting acne with 2% salicylic acid. With the regulation of oil production and skin calming ingredients, the skin health can be improved. Therapeutic levels of niacinamide diminish redness associated with acne. Overall skin health is supported by antioxidant in the formulation.   The PCA retinol range contains elegant and innovative products that can be tailored to your specific skincare needs. Your aesthetic goals can be achieved sooner with the correct skincare protocol.

When should I use Retinol in my skincare routine?

Retinol is a fantastic ingredient with multiple skin benefits, it is best to introduce slowly to allow your skin to adjust and minimise irritation. You can experience skin dryness as your skin gets used to the retinol. Advice can be provided alongside your products to introduce slowly. Retinol can be applied to cleansed and tone skin, it is important to ensure the skin is fully dry before applying it. It is essential to apply a generous amount of SPF to protect your newly forming skin cells as they will be more sensitive to sunlight.

How do off the shelf retinol formulations compare?

I often have patients comment that since using their skin products from off the shelf such as supermarkets or retail shops, they are not seeing the results they are hoping for. As retinol will increase the light sensitivity in new skin cells, the levels present in retail products tends to be low. The active and therapeutic retinol formulations & levels required for skin changes and improvements are only available from skin care specialists. You can be advised on how to implement into your routine and be supported along the way. Your skin can be monitored and your protocol reviewed & changed as your skin responds to your products and the demands on your skin change. For example your routine can be adapted to cope with the demands of the changing seasons.

What age should I start using Retinol?

This is a question I am often asked. Retinol can prevent and address the signs of ageing, this is often in your 20s or 30s. It is never too late to reap the benefits of introducing retinol into your skincare regime.

In clinic or by video consultation you can tell me your skin concerns and I can help make suggestions on skincare products that may help. Premium skincare is an integral part of the aesthetic treatment journey to meet your needs.

Within the Obagi360 system there is a 0.5% retinol which suit those with sensitive skin or those who are new to retinol. A stronger formulation of 1% is available to those familiar with retinoids.

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